File:British Museum Great Court, London, UK - Diliff.jpg|thumb|260px|The centre of the museum was redeveloped in 2001 to become the Queen Elizabeth II Great Court|Great Court, surrounding the original British Museum Reading Room|Reading Room.
The '''British Museum''' is dedicated to human history
, and is located in the Bloomsbury
area of London
. Its permanent collection, numbering some 8 million works,
is among the list of largest art museums in the world|largest
and most comprehensive in existence
and originates from all continents, illustrating and documenting the story of human culture from its beginnings to the present.
The British Museum was established in 1753, largely based on the collections of the physician and scientist Hans Sloane|Sir Hans Sloane
. The museum first opened to the public on 15 January 1759, in...